Benny Uyetake

Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities Pavilion
Sunday May 6, 4:00 p.m.
Presenting in the ‘Ukulele event with Aunty Noelani Mahoe, Casey Kamaka, and Byron Yasui. This event will focus on the role of ‘ukulele music in Hawaii and across the world as it rapidly became known as “everybody’s instrument” and helped to broaden Hawaiian music, allowing for solo instrumentals and opening up the genre for commercial entertainment.

Benny Uyetake, guitarist, ‘ukulele player, and songwriter, was born and raised in Hilo. He first picked up the ‘ukulele at the age of eight. His dad played the ‘ukulele, and Jesse Kalima was an early musical influence. At the age of 10, Benny began to take ‘ukulele lessons from entertainer and songwriter Al Nalei, and was also influenced by Edith Kanakaole and George Naope in the Hilo Parks and Recreation Summer program. Benny received a B.A. degree in the Humanities. He continued to study music at the Cornish School of Music in Seattle, and the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Benny is a public school teacher at Kalama Intermediate School in Makawao, Maui, where he is the ‘ukulele master for the schoolʼs ‘ukulele program. His primary goal is to teach, coach and inspire his students to enrich their lives through stage performances, and to be creative through playing music.

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